That's full-time, and it's ended goalless in Dublin.
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Wales win a corner, but Randolph punches it clear of the Irish area.
We'll have a minimum of four additional minutes.
Christie concedes a free kick on the left. Josh Cullen comes on for Ireland, replacing Molumby.
This makes for an interesting final few minutes. Wales looked like they were settling for a draw, will they try and now go and win this? Brooks creates space for a low shot from 25 yards out, but it's straight down the middle and Randolph gathers.
- Red cardJames McCleanRepublic of Ireland
RED CARD! McClean is off! He appeared to be fouled first as he chased a loose ball, and then clattered into Ampadu who came across to intercept the ball. He reacts badly, accusing Ampadu of diving and there's a set-to between him and some of the Welsh players. It was daft challenge for a player already on a yellow card, and the referee had little option but to send him off.
Hendrick gets in some space 25 yards out. He tries to curl one to the top corner but it's a soft effort and Hennessey plucks it out of the sky with ease.
McClean is booked, harshly it seems, for accidentally clipping the heels of Roberts.
CHANCE! A McClean cross from the left finds Horgan at the back post. He heads it back across goal where Rodon stabs it away from the goal and straight back to him. Horgan adjusts quickly to shoot from eight yards out, but can only guide the ball over the bar.
- OffDaniel JamesWales
- OnDavid BrooksWales
David Brooks replaces James for Wales.
Molumby finds Horgan on the right of the area, who drills a low cross back into the box. It's just behind Molumby though and he can't control it, and Wales clear.
Two changes for Ireland Sean Maguire and Daryl Horgan are on for Brady and Shane Long.
Ramsey gets into the pocket between midfield and defence, right on the edge of the area. He shoots with his left foot and it deflects off Duffy for a corner.
We're in a very cagey stage of the game here. Will either team push on and try to win this? In the dynamic of the group, a draw is a far better result for Wales than it is for the Republic of Ireland.
Two changes for Wales as Giggs goes for it. Harry Wilson and Matt Smith depart, replaced by Neco Williams and Dylan Levitt.
It's just gone a bit scrappy again here.
Nice play from Ireland on the edge of the area, as Hendrick steps over a ball to leave it for Shane Long, who almost releases Hendrick on goal with a first time pass that's marginally underhit and intercepted.
Brady really does have a lovely left foot. He cuts back onto it on the right hand side and whips a lovely ball to the back post - unfortunately it not only cuts out Hennessey and the Welsh defence but both Irish players at the back post, and drifts a couple of yards wide.
Ramsey picks out a lovely long ball to the back post to Roberts. He tries to guide a header back to Wilson in the area but Ireland get to it first and clear.
CHANCE! Oh what a miss. Ireland break from their own half, and McClean cuts the ball back to Stephens. His first time ball into the area finds Shane Long completely unmarked and ten yards out, but he can only plant his header over the bar. Hennessey was rushing out at him, but he should have scored.
Smith puts a dangerous cross in between Randolph and the Irish defence, but there are no Welsh players around to capitalise on it. James then tries to loft a cross to Moore at the back post, but it's too high for him. Wales look more purposeful here, but just lack the final touch of quality in the penalty area.
Long gets in behind the Welsh defence on the right, and gets to the byline. He tries to hang up a cross to the back post but it's easily gathered by Hennessey.
Davies makes a great run down the left for Wales, exchanging passes with Ramsey as he does so, but scuffs his shot badly when he reaches the penalty area and it trickles safely away from goal.
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We're underway again in Dublin.
Another dangerous free kick goes into the Welsh area, this time from Hourihane, but after a bout of pinball Wales clear. The referee brings it back for an earlier foul, but a set piece does like Ireland's best chance of scoring with this quality of delivery.
Brady whips an inswinging free kick from the right into the back post, where Duffy throws himself at it but can't connect. We will have a minimum of three additional minutes.
Christie gets the ball in space on the right corner of the Wales area. He ignores a ball to McClean into the area and cuts onto his left foot, before lashing a shot about a yard over the bar.
Good, patient play from Ireland around the edge of the Wales area leads to McClean winning a corner.
Ramsey has a swipe at goal from 20 yards out, which hits Duffy on the arm in the area. There are appeals for a penalty from Wales, but nothing doing.
Moore might need to cool down a bit here. He's already on a yellow and commits a needless foul on Hendrick; it's only a free kick but he's not in a position to test the referee too much here.
CLOSE! A terrible inside pass from Wilson is intercepted by Brady deep in the Welsh half. He runs it to the edge of the penalty area and curls one to the top corner with his left foot, putting it inches wide of the post with Hennessey beaten.
SHOULD THIS BE A PENALTY? Randolph spills a corner and as it bounces up, Ampadu wins the ball first and he and Randolph collide and go down. Ireland get the free kick but the Welsh players want a penalty - and from the replays, that looks a good shout. With no VAR in the Nations League, that's the end of the matter.
Morrell gets away from Christie on the left in the Irish half, and Christie pulls him down. Free kick and a yellow card.
Finally, a shot! Wilson cuts in from the left and plays a quick one-two with Ramsey near the edge of the penalty area. It's arced at the bottom corner and Randolph gets across to turn it behind for a corner.
Long's eye has ballooned up after that wallop from Moore, and Cyrus Christie is on to replace him.
Wales steal the ball in the centre circle and for a brief second look to have a three-on-three break, but an underhit pass to James on the left is intercepted.
- Yellow cardKieffer MooreWales
Moore is booked as he catches Kevin Long with an elbow as they both contest a high ball.
Ireland win a corner. Brady loops one to Duffy at the back post, who heads it back into a dangerous area forcing Smith to concede another from which nothing comes.
Ireland get something going down the right, and a cross into the box from Stephens breaks to Hendrick, who lays it off to Brady to shoot on the edge of the area. It looks on target but is blocked in the area, and Wales clear.
A lull again after that brief flurry of action. Both sides are comfortable in possession but there's very little edge when the ball gets into the final third so far.
More energy from both sides now, as Wales break the Irish line in midfield and find James on the left wing. He crosses dangerously to Moore at the back post, but he can't find a colleague when heading it back across the area and Ireland clear.
Better stuff from Ireland here as Molumby fights to win a ball on the edge of the Welsh area. He then finds Brady, who whips a cross in the penalty area, but Ampadu rises to clear the danger.
Rodon tries a long one to Moore in the inside left channel, but it's overhit and runs out for a throw-in.
Wales have settled the better of the two sides here, and are knocking it around nicely in midfield.
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We're underway in Dublin.
The players take the knee before kick-off, because there is no room for racism.
That's the anthems done, it's time. This feels like a tough assignment for the home side, with the late disruption to their plans caused by the coronavirus and that disappointment in Slovakia less than 72 hours ago. Can they rouse a performance here?
Nearly time to go here on a crisp, sunny day in Dublin, your referee today is Anastasios Sidiropoulos.
There’s not much between these two sides. Wales have won seven to the Republic’s six, with four draws. The last time the two met was in the 2018-19 Nations League in Dublin in October 2018, where a Harry Wilson goal secured a 1-0 win for Wales.
An experimental Wales team lost a friendly to England on Thursday, but manager Ryan Giggs has generated a great deal of momentum in competitive games. In the last 12 months they have qualified for the European Championship next year, and made a perfect start to this current Nations League campaign with a pair of 1-0 victories over Finland and Bulgaria last month. A victory here today will leave them sitting pretty in the group with two home games still to come.
It’s been a deflating week for Republic of Ireland, who come into this game after losing their 2018-19 Nations League semi-final to Slovakia on penalties on Thursday. It was a tough one to take, but they need to regroup and quickly as there’s much ground to recover in the current Nations League. The Irish only took one point from their first two fixtures and sit third in the group. New manager Stephen Kenny is trying to change the style of play to something more expansive that begins out of defence, so today is another staging post in that development as he looks for his first win as Ireland manager.
The major news for Wales this afternoon is the return to midfield of Juventus’ Aaron Ramsey, who takes the captain’s armband. There’s also a milestone for Wayne Hennessey, who earns his 93rd cap today. That makes him the most capped Welsh goalkeeper in history, putting him one ahead of the great Neville Southall.
There are a raft of changes for the home side after a physically and emotionally draining night in Slovakia three days ago and a positive coronavirus test within the camp causing four withdrawals from the squad today. Shane Long, Kevin Long, Robbie Brady and Jayson Molumby all come into the side.
And the visitors, Wales, are throwing this shape:
The Republic of Ireland line up thusly:
Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of the Republic of Ireland versus Wales in the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League Group B4. Teams from Dublin to follow shortly.